by Amanda Kennedy Smith
NEWPORT — A small group of socially distanced students were gathered at Hillmer’s on Main on a Wednesday afternoon awaiting the start of a Chinese cooking class offered by chef and restaurant co-owner Travis Elmer.
With a cling-clang of Mr. Elmer’s sharpened knife, the class was called to attention. “Everyone ready?” he asked in a quiet, yet commanding tone.
The students attentively listened to instructions for various Chinese favorites, like lo mein and pork fried rice, all the while jotting notes.
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